Earlier this year, NautaDutilh received a request from KidsRights to study the position of the U.S.A. regarding the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the "CRC").
Each year, KidsRights publishes the global KidsRights Index, which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. The KidsRights Index is an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation, in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam; Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies. The index comprises a ranking for all UN member states that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and for which sufficient data is available, a total of 163 countries in 2016. The U.S.A. is the only country worldwide that has not ratified this UN Convention
NautaDutilh, legal partner of KidsRights, found several colleagues enthusiastic to perform - on a pro bono basis - a desk study to answer the following questions:
- Why has the U.S.A. not ratified the CRC?
- How are children's rights safeguarded in the U.S.A.?
- What about the future?
The results of the study were published in September 2016 in the form of a report aimed at both lawyer and non-lawyer readers, and including hyperlinks to background information.
KidsRights will use the study internally for its work in the U.S.A. and on the KidsRights Index.
The NautaDutilh team consisted of Silvia Gawronski, Charlotte Sartori and Sebastian Riger-Brown